Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit


Overflow book coverWorship attendance matters. Learn how to improve it, so that your congregation bears more fruit.

Our churches exist to glorify God and to share God as revealed in Jesus Christ. Thus, worship is at the center of a congregation’s life. And improvements in worship tend to spur improvements in the church’s other ministries.

In Overflow, Tom Berlin and Lovett Weems share research-based insights, tactical ideas, and practices that lead to increased attendance. They instruct church leaders on the importance of paying attention to factors critical to worship growth, and demonstrate new approaches to worship planning. Berlin and Weems present church leaders with another resource that is foundational and practical, convicting and accessible. Overflow encourages and equips church leaders who yearn to see more people worshiping God.


Overflow is both teaching text and helpful workbook, providing theological grounding and practical tools for clergy and laity who plan, lead, and assess worship. Worship matters! Tom Berlin and Lovett Weems help us to tend the heart and soul of the church, that worshipful space where souls are embraced and awakened by God.”
— Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, North Carolina Conference, United Methodist Church

“Perhaps you have wondered what could be done about the empty spaces in church. Or perhaps you have prayed that God would fill up your worship with praise and people. Weems and Berlin have addressed the dream of “overflow” by providing analysis, specific ideas, and creative thinking. You will be inspired to look differently at growth in worship. Weems and Berline state, “Worship is powerful…. In ways small and large, worship is key to the transformation of the world.” This book provides the dream and the plan for overflow in our houses of worship.”
— Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Author of ReStart Your Church

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About Author

Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

Lovett H. Weems Jr. is senior consultant at the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, distinguished professor of church leadership emeritus at Wesley Theological Seminary, and author of several books on leadership.

Tom Berlin

Tom Berlin is bishop of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Previously, for over 25 years, he was senior pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia. He was written several books. Most recently, he coathored The Third Day: Living the Resurrection (Abingdon Press, 2023), available on Cokesbury and Amazon.